Awards for 1/22/2022

AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Ryan Buffum, East Syracuse Minoa boys bowling. Buffum was a 10-pin from perfection in his 299 closing game of a 748 series as the Spartans put away the Cortland Purple Tigers 3-0 on January 20.


The Amish Group Master Builder: Will Smith, West Canada Valley boys basketball. Smith’s incredble performance of 46 points, along with 15 rebounds, four assists and three blocks, helped the Indians rout the Cooperstown Hawkeyes 96-54 on January 20.


Atlas Fence All-Star: Kyle Musachio, Canastota wrestling. Musachio won all four of his bouts and was his team’s outstanding wrestler as the host Raiders finished second to Indian River during the January 15 Fallen Heroes Tournament.


E.J. Electric Electrifying Performance: Trevor Roe, Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball. Roe’s rare 20-20 effort – 23 points, 20 rebounds – helped the Hornets give the Chittenango Bears its first defeat of the season 58-49 on January 15.


Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Male Athlete of the Week: Colin Kempney, Lowville boys swimming. The Red Raiders defeated the Carthage Comets 99-77 on January 18, with Kempney earning first-place finishes in the 200 and 100-yard freestyle races.


Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Female Athlete of the Week: Angie Mesa-Espinosa, Westhil girls indoor track and field. Mesa-Espinosa was victorious in both the 55 and 300-meter sprints during the January 15 Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.


Mirbeau Inn and Spa Megastar: Gene Edwards, Central Valley Academy wrestling. The Thunder repeated as Section III Dual Meet Division II champions on January 18-20 as Edwards won each of his bouts at 102 pounds, two of which were pins in less than 30 seconds.


Nagle Turf Winning Moment: Elizabeth Gaughan, Bishop Ludden girls basketball, sinking a half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Gaelic Knights a 51-50 victory over the Bishop Grimes Cobras January 20 after surrendering a double-digit second-half lead.


Purcell Paints Hometown Hockey Hero: Lucas Nelson, Fulton boys. In a rough season for the Red Raiders, Nelson stepped with a three-goal hat trick and helped Fulton put away the Watertown IHC Cavaliers 7-2 on January 18.


Shute’s Water Systems Star Performance: Deng Garang, Bishop Grimes boys basketball. Garang led the Cobras to a win its its own MLK Tournament January 16-17 by scoring 12 points against Binghamton Seton Catholic and 34 points in the overtime final win over St. Francis.


Syracuse Fitness Store Standout: Keely Worlock, DeRuyter girls volleyball. The Rockets earned a four-set victory over the Onondaga Tigers on January 18 as Worlock had a fine all-around performance, serving up eight aces, getitng seven kills and adding seven digs.


Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons Student-Athlete: Carleigh Szalach, Cazenovia girls basketball. The Lakers cooled down the Hamilton Emerald Knights 59-27 on January 15 as Szalach again put up big numbers, earning 28 points and 12 rebounds.


Syracuse Sauna King Superstar: Ashley Hardy, Liverpool girls bowling. Hardy shot games of 237, 220 and 244 for a 701 series that helped the Warriors turn back the Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets 3-0 on January 20.


U.S. Army Male Athlete: Jake Whitmore, Indian River wrestling .When Whitmore pinned Fulton’s Kaden Reynolds in the 215-pound bout, it put the Warriors ahead for good as it went on to win 41-21 and capture the Section III Dual Meet Division I title on January 20.


U.S. Army Female Athlete: Katie MacLachlan, Marcellus girls basketball. The Mustangs picked up a big 62-57 victory over the Westhill Warriors on January 19 carried in large part by MacLachlan, who picked up 28 points and added four assists.


Zero Draft Defensive Standout: Eliza Way, Fabius-Pompey girls volleyball. Picking up 13 digs, Way was the catalyst for a Falcons defense that was effective throughout its three-set sweep of the Manlius-Pebble Hill Trojans on January 19.